How can we grow more food with less pollution?

Our agriculture and land use initiatives focus on securing a sustainable, productive food supply that also supports a resilient environment.

Our agriculture initiatives

  • Reduce fertilizer pollution

    Improve sustainability of commodity crop production

    Why: Fertilizer is the engine of agriculture, but inefficient use contributes to air and water pollution.

    How: Help farmers improve on-farm conservation practices. With Walmart asking suppliers to improve fertilizer efficiency, food companies are starting to support farmers' efforts to reduce environmental impact while improving their yields.

    Photo: NOAA
  • Protect wildlife on working lands

    Protect wildlife on working lands

    Why: Our current system to protect at-risk wildlife isn't working, and it depends too much on regulation, often a heavy burden on landowners.

    How: Establish habitat exchanges that allow landowners to get paid for maintaining habitat that houses vulnerable species, like the monarch butterfly. Taken to scale, these practices pay off for wildlife, too.

  • Improve irrigation efficiency and water management

    Reward farmers for smart water use

    Why: Demand for water is outstripping supply in arid regions like the American West.

    How: Remove barriers to water trading [PDF] and create incentives that reward farmers and ranchers – the region's largest water consumers – for practices that return water to rivers.

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